Stage & Dance

Program will explore Lincoln, race

CAMP NELSON — A musical program in Jessamine County on Saturday will feature Abraham Lincoln's favorite songs and a lecture on "Kentucky, Emancipation and the Civil War."

The free program will be at 3 p.m. Saturday in the barracks building at Camp Nelson Civil War Heritage Park, about six miles south of Nicholasville on U.S. 27. Camp Nelson was a training camp for African-American soldiers fighting for the Union in the Civil War.

The musical program, by University of Kentucky student vocalist Nick Davis, Jessamine County Schools orchestra director Kelly Sikorski, accompanist Larry Crawford and banjo player Neil Crowley, will take a brief look at what brought Lincoln solace. The musical program is sponsored by the Bluegrass Arts Association.

The lecture will be given by J. Blaine Hudson, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and professor of the Department of Pan-African Studies at the University of Louisville. Hudson will discuss President Lincoln and race, Lincoln and slavery, colonization and an African-American perspective.

Lincoln was personally linked to Camp Nelson through his desires to free pro-Union East Tennessee from Confederate occupation, to create federal African-American soldiers and to destroy the institution of slavery. Camp Nelson helped the president achieve all three goals.

The program is made possible by the Jessamine County Fiscal Court, Camp Nelson Foundation and Bluegrass Arts Association. For more information call (859) 492-3115.